Opinion

Pretty much everyone in the world saw the blood moon last Friday except the majority of folk in the UK. A once in a lifetime opportunity was missed and it’ll be a good few more years until we get a repeat. The anticipation of the sight of the blood moon is on par with being a Hammer. So much excitement and anticipation but when it boils down to the action something always crops up. Cloudy skies and fortunes always hiding.

As we wait patiently for the new season there’s an air of optimism about the place. Manuel Pellegrini has established targets, and to their credit, the board have backed MP and brought in the players he’s asked for. The days of arguing amongst ourselves whether we should gamble a few million on an injury prone Southampton centre-forward seem long ago in the distant past. Cast-offs and those seeking a boost to their pension pots are a thing of the past. Established players with the need to succeed and a desire to play are the type of guys with want at the moment. There’s an air of anticipation about the place and I’m sure we’ll see a well drilled resilient team take to the field at Anfield on the first Sunday of the new season. In my lifetime, West Ham have only won once against the scousers, so I’m not hopeful more optimistic that we lay a good foundation for the season ahead.

Pretty much every other team is spending big so a top-six to eight has to be a realistic target. Manuel Pelligrini has staked his reputation on the line coming to West Ham and in a few short weeks has added quality to the team. Pre-season has been pretty good and the turnout of away support would have impressed the manager and newcomers. If they didn’t know what they’re letting themselves in for they do now. We don’t want much and although expectations are usually high we have a rough idea who we are, what we are and where we’re gonna be. This season does have a different feel about it though. Someone said, “It’s like the owners dropped the key to the safe and a West Ham fan found it!”.

As we countdown to the start of the season and the transfer window closing it wouldn’t surprise me if we had a couple in and a couple out. If we’re going to try to mix it with the big boys then it’s time to bring in the big guns.

Ready aim fire, it’s a new day and it’s a new dawn.